The Cleveland Browns were busy on Wednesday afternoon. After reportedly signing seventh-round draft pick Brad Smelley to a four-year $2.14 million contract, the team also came to terms with fourth-round selection James-Michael Johnson. The announcement came via Johnson's agent Scott Smith's twitter account.
#Browns have agreed to terms with fourth-round LB James-Michael Johnson, his agent announced on twitter. That's two down, including Smelley.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) May 9, 2012
4th Rnd LB James-Michael Johnson has agreed to terms on a 4-year contract with the Cleveland Browns— Scott Smith (@XAMSports) May 9, 2012
Citing league sources, Aaron Wilson announced that the deal is worth $2.52 million over four years.
Browns fourth-round linebacker James-Michael Johnson's four-year contract is worth $2.52 million, according to a league source— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 9, 2012
Johnson is a six-foot, 241 pound middle linebacker out of Nevada. He originally began his college career as the strong-side linebacker before being moved to middle linebacker out of necessity prior to the start of his junior year. He started 50 games (23 on the outside; 27 in the middle) and recorded close to 300 tackles.
Last year he recorded 100 tackles, forced a fumble and had an interception.